Saturday, May 27, 2006

Dylanfest in India


"It's late in the evening and the
music of Bob Dylan
is pouring through
a nondescript hall in the hill town
Shillong in north-eastern India.

On stage, Lou Majaw, the hill town's premier
rocker-poet-troubadour, is belting out the Dylan
standards - a ritual that he's been faithfully
performing for the last 34 years on the singer's birthday.

It all began sometime in 1972 when Majaw began a folk
festival to "honour Dylan" at a small auditorium on the
singer's birthday.

A few years earlier he had been converted to the legend
after he heard the seminal album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

Since then, the Dylan fest has played out every 24 May at
homes, parks, and halls."

with lil' Dylan

Article by Soutik Biswas
BBC News, Shillong

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